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The Empress Catherine II.

The Empress Catherine II.
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This tragic event occurred in July, 1762, and in the next month the czarina was solemnly crowned empress of all the Russias, under the name of Catherine II. The reign of this extraordinary woman is one of the most remarkable in Russian history. In the early part of it she interfered in the affairs of Poland, which produced a civil war, and terminated eventually in the partition and conquest of that unfortunate country. In 1769, the Turks declared war against Russia, which was at first favorable to their arms ; but they were afterward defeated with great slaughter on the Dniester, and compelled to abandon Choczim.

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Sears, Robert. An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire. New York: Robert Sears, 1855